Abortion - Anthrax Threats

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NPR's Kathy Lohr reports that abortion rights groups want more attention paid to 500 anthrax threats that have been mailed or sent by FedEx to reproductive health care centers since October. What alarms abortion rights groups is that the latest round of letters seem well thought out — the perpetrators used the return addresses of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, and obtained the groups' FedEx account numbers. The letters contained a powdery substance but none tested positive for anthrax. The Justice Department and Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge say they take all such threats seriously and want people convicted of anthrax hoaxes to be imprisoned.

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